James Henry Randolph

James Henry Randolph (October 18, 1825 – August 22, 1900) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 1st congressional district of Tennessee.

James Henry Randolph
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byWilliam McFarland
Succeeded byRobert Love Taylor
Member of the Tennessee Senate
In office
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1825-10-18)October 18, 1825
Jefferson County, Tennessee
DiedAugust 22, 1900(1900-08-22) (aged 74)
Newport, Tennessee
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Melinda Jane Robinson Randolph
ChildrenWilliam H. Randolph

Ralph Montgomery Randolph

Townzella Randolph
Alma materHolston College






Born near Dandridge, Tennessee in Jefferson County on October 18, 1825, Randolph was the son of James Montgomery and Nancy Goan Randolph. He attended New Market Academy and graduated from Holston College in New Market, Tennessee. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1850, and commenced practice in Dandridge, Tennessee.[1] He married Melinda Jane Robinson and they had three children, William H., Ralph Montgomery, and Townzella.[2]


Randolph was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, and 1861. He served in the Tennessee Senate in 1865. He was elected judge of the second judicial circuit of Tennessee in 1869. He was re-elected after the Tennessee state constitutional convention in 1870.[3]

Elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress, Randolph served from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1879.[4] He engaged in agricultural pursuits and milling.


Randolph died on August 22, 1900 (age 74 years, 308 days) in Newport, Tennessee in Cocke County. He is interred at Union Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ James Henry Randolph. Encyclopedia of Tennessee. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ "James Henry Randolph". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  3. ^ "James Henry Randolph". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ "James Henry Randolph". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  5. ^ "James Henry Randolph". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 16 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William McFarland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert L. Taylor